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Dealing With Fear
Fear is hardwired into our brains as a mechanism for self-preservation. For example, we might be driving down the street and suddenly another car pulls in front of us. Fear is what activates our bodies and minds to deal with that threat, so we instinctively swerve out of the way to avoid a collision. 

In this sense, fear can save our lives. This is healthy fear—an awareness and respect for what is dangerous in life.

There is, however, an unhealthy kind of fear. ... Unhealthy fear is fear that controls us and consumes us.  These fears “blackmail” us, rob us of the joy and abundance of life that God has intended for us. 

Many years ago, one of my mentors in the counseling field stated that he believed most of our psychological problems in life were rooted in fear. I have come to agree with him. 

Fear is a double-edged sword; it can save us, and it can destroy us. How can we preserve the place of healthy fear in our lives, and protect ourselves from the death-dealing effects of unhealthy fear?

--from "Dealing with Fear" 
by Rod Spencer


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